One of England’s finest exports, traditional singer Bram Taylor returns (triumphantly) to Mariposa with his humour, soothing voice and robust stage charisma.
ARTIST WEBSITE: www.bramtaylor.com
Bram (Bramwell) hails from Leigh in Lancashire, England. Initially encouraged to play in a brass band by his parents, he later moved on to learn the guitar. Inspired by the likes of Harvey Andrews, Vin Garbutt, The Spinners, Marie Little and many others, he quickly became a favourite playing at local folk clubs.
By 1975 he was commanding a rapidly growing audience and co-presenting a Saturday morning children's programme called Chatterbox for BBC Radio Manchester. That same year he released his first recording, The Haymakers, which was well received. It well represented Bram's clear and strong vocal style.
Through most of the Eighties, Bram was part of the comedy group, Inclognito. By 1989, however, this troupe had to part ways as Bram's solo engagements and partner, Dave Dutton’s, comedy writing and other interests increased.
In 1984, Bram signed to Fellside Records, a highly respected independent Folk label in the UK. His first release, Bide a While, was very well received by the music press, and reflected Bram's largely traditional repertoire.
If you ask him, Bram describes himself as a collector and interpreter of songs.
Following the success of several albums, Bram was asked to perform in the USA, delighting audiences with his professional mix of music and humour. Bram continued to journey further afield, playing to receptive audiences in Holland and Switzerland.
Bram performed at the 2007 Mariposa Folk Festival alongside his heroes from the sixties, Gordon Lightfoot and Don McLean. Bram is looking forward to his Mariposa return in 2009.